McAfee: Hackers more creative, have increased attacks

Wednesday - 5/19/2010, 4:24pm EDT

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  • Are cybersecurity problems built into systems from the beginning? On tomorrow's Federal Security Spotlight, host Tom Temin asks that question of Andrew Meyers, a professor at Cornell. Hear the entire program, starting at 10 a.m.
  • Cyber hackers are getting smarter and more creative, according to the latest McAfee quarterly report. Some smart hackers were able to increase targeted attacks on company websites, and phishing attacks, using recent earthquakes and volcano-driven travel problems. But there is some good news, last quarter there were fewer new threats than in the previous year. And, spam rates remained steady. McAfee says hackers have started leveraging major news events to poison internet searches.

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